Thursday, January 26, 2012

Let’s talk about the two ways of Joomla Web Designing

In the present times of website designing and development, Joomla CMS has carved a niche for itself. It is a powerful open source content management system, widely used for developing complex large scale community websites. As an open source content management system and amazing and impeccable options for extensibility, Joomla has become one of the favorite content management systems for the web designers and developers.

Two broad ways of Joomla Web Designing –

Broadly speaking, the web designers and developers have two ways of developing the Joomla powered web application. These two ways are – getting a template based design and the next option is developing the website from the scratch with PSD to Joomla conversion.

Both of these options are discussed in detail below –

Using a template design – One of the resourceful features of Joomla development is that it has been grown owing to the vast community of the Joomla developers. The online Joomla community is one of the largest online communities for any open source content management system. The online community comprising of fervent Joomla developers provides them with a platform to share Joomla designs and extensions and support each other.
In order to design a website, one can choose from a plethora of Joomla themes and designs already available over internet. The same design can be obtained, either free of cost or at little premium charges (i.e. if you wish to have a premium website) and you can develop the website based on the same template / theme design.

The plus point of this option is that it relatively takes less of time and is more cost effective, as premium templates can be obtained, comparatively at a much lower rate than developing the website from the scratch.

However, the negative point is that a template design is developed according to the wishes and perception of the web designer / developer. It is not really a solution customized for your needs as an enterprise, and you would have to sacrifice and adjust your business needs, in order to fit into the template design.

Developing from the scratch i.e. PSD to Joomla conversion – To be really honest, this is the scientific and apt way of going about developing a Joomla powered website. Any business house is a unique identity and thus a template design is not fit enough to represent the individual aspects of the corporate entity.
Thus for a distinct and personalized solution, opt for PSD to Joomla conversion.
Understanding the process of PSD to Joomla conversion –

The process of PSD to Joomla conversion starts with you as a corporate house sending the PSD file to the web designer / developer.

A PSD file is photoshop design file, which allows the users to design a unique looking and impressive website. However, such files lack browser compatibility and do not provide any level of user navigation. In order to receive a browser compatible and dynamic website, PSD to Joomla conversion is must.

Before integrating the Joomla CMS into the website, first the PSD file is coded into the basic markup language, i.e. HTML. PSD to HTML conversion process begins with slicing the PSD file into various sections i.e. Header, Footer, Body, Navigation Menu etc. and there upon coding the same to reveal a web compatible, pixel perfect, and SEO semantic web application.

Once the PSD to HTML conversion has been carried out and the resulting markup has been tried and tested across various web browsers and is confirmed to have W3C validation and cross browser compatibility, the Joomla CMS is then integrated into the web site.

Thus not only does the PSD to Joomla conversion include all the important features, they also allow you to uniquely represent yourself in the virtual world. 

Author Bio- PixelCrayons is a business web design and development company that specializes in custom website development, all kind of CMS & ecommerce solutions like Wordpress Development, Joomla Development, Drupal Development, Magento Development etc.

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